I have stumbled across a disturbing trend. Now mind you, this is just my opinion and I don't find that it applies to all authors. You are welcome to disagree with me and I will still welcome your comments, but this is a subject that has bothered me now for several weeks.
I don't want to be a selfish writer.
Lately I have seen a disturbing trend among some of today's writers. Speaking ill of interrupted writing time (either by a spouse or children), missed opportunities or becoming so lost in their hard edged pursuit to win publication, they miss the journey on the way.
I'm not including every writer in this statement, because I understand that this doesn't apply to every writer. But what I have seen bothers me greatly.
And I never want to become a writer that pushes her family away because I must hit my word count.
I never want to become a writer that misses the little pleasures in life, that misses the s'mores over a roasting pit in the back yard. That closes the office door and will not let anyone in for any reason, even if my baby lost her first tooth.
I never want to become a writer so wrapped up in my ability to put words on a page that I forget the ONE who gave it to me in the first place.
But now I must speak out of both sides of my mouth. Because if we AREN'T jealous (notice I didn't say selfish) with our writing time we will never get anything written. We will become blown away from our writing priorities by every wind that breezes our hair.
I don't believe it was Christ's intent when He gave us the ability to write that we would push everything else aside. Our families still need us, God still wants our love and attention and in doing these things, we BECOME better writers, because we realize what is important. What will resonate with our future readers.
I NEVER want to become a selfish writer. And I will put both feet before me in this post and say, if the only way I could become published was to become such a writer, I would give it up this moment.
It's not worth it.
Would you care to share your thoughts? Agree or disagree, you are still welcome!
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